So I've made this a choice between sending off a proposal that may only be half as good as the final book will be.
Or to take a few months to research and write the final book.
The first choice risks that the agent/publisher will reject me based on something that might be better in the future.
The second choice is that I'll spend months on a book and this opportunity will fade. There is a timing to these things -- these guys seem ready for me now. Plus, I really do have other books that I feel like I need to finish first.
As in all things, I'm going to compromise.
I will take another week to ten days to try to get the 100 pages better.
As in all things, the closer a "deadline" comes, the easier it seems to be to extend it. When I set the deadline two weeks ago, it seemed twice as long as it needed to be. (I had the proposal written in the first week.)
Now that the deadline is actually here, waiting another 10 days doesn't seem so bad.
The agent has told me he'll be happy with a "rough" proposal. But my immediate instincts are, "It's a Trap!"
This is just one of many possibilities for this agent -- easy for him to say that. But it's probably the one chance I'll have to make an initial impression, so I'd best be patient.
So I'm going to work on these 100 pages for a while longer. Maybe continue to write the book because often the later pages can influence the earlier pages.
And then send it off and get to work on The Darkness You Fear, as well as my November Novel Writing project, Snaked.
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